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A municipal government in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou is offering “start-up insurance” allowing entrepreneurs to write off development costs or even qualify for a living stipend if initiatives go belly up.Why it matters: Over the last three years, Chinese cities have been competing over young, educated talent, a demographic scramble which will determine their future development prospects.Some local governments offer research and development (R & D) insurance, but this is one of the first insurance initiatives with comprehensive benefits.Details: The Yuhang district government and Zhejiang branches of state-owned insurance companies, PICC and CPIC, launched the program on Monday.While currently a local-level initiative, policymakers have previously discussed start-up insurance.Start-up insurance takes three forms: compensation for lost R & D costs up to RMB 10 million (around $1.4 million), living allowance for entrepreneurs for up to RMB 30,000, and coverage of up to RMB 10 million for losses from research projects which fail because of specific reasons.
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Hard to switch between usersWithings is known for its stylish smartwatches that allow you to track your fitness without compromising your style.This emphasis on good looks carries over to its $100 Connect blood pressure monitor, which looks more like a fashion accessory than a medical device.The only noise is the sound of the pump inflating and deflating the cuff.This hidden display gives the unit a sleek appearance, but it does make it more challenging to read your blood pressure results.I compared the Connect to three different devices: a competing home blood pressure unit from Omron that you can find in your local drug store, a manual blood pressure cuff with a stethoscope and a bulb, and a hospital blood pressure monitor.
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The Department of Homeland Security's practice of searching people's phones and computers at border crossings without reasonable suspicion is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.The ruling is being heralded as a victory by privacy advocates, who were concerned with DHS's unfettered access to travelers' sensitive personal information at border crossings.Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Patrol must now demonstrate legitimate suspicion of illegal activity before being able to search travelers' electronic devices.Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Patrol agents will no longer be able to indiscriminately search the phones and laptops of travelers crossing the US border, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.In its ruling, the US District Court in Massachusetts ruled that it violates the Fourth Amendment for Homeland Security officials to search travelers' electronic devices without "individualized suspicion" of contraband.The lawsuit that led to the ruling, Alasaad v. Nielsen, was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the ACLU of Massachusetts on behalf of 11 people whose devices were seized and searched without a warrant by border patrol agents.
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The original Star Wars trilogy has arrived on Disney Plus, freshly remastered in a 4K resolution format, and somehow the infamously edited Han/Greedo scene has been mangled yet again.Sign up for Disney+ here and get a free 7-day trialLuckily, the result is more hilarious than offensive.As the Star Wars Visual Comparisons thread notes above, a new explosion has also been added after the shootout occurs, covering the shot of Greedo slamming into the table.Han and Greedo also now shoot each other at the same time, with the previous 1997 edit controversially making Greedo shoot first.According to an article by Vanity Fair, "Maclunkey" is actually the work of George Lucas, with this change made before Lucasfilm was sold to Disney back in 2012.
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By this time, you’d think that most companies are already ready with all their products in time for the holiday shopping sprees.That may be true for almost all smartphones and most computers and laptops but one particular computer remains an elusive beast.Apple’s never before seen 16-inch MacBook Pro is still nowhere to be seen but, according to some sources, it should already be on its way, at least before December 15, 2019.Sources previously had us expecting that Apple would unveil the first 16-inch MacBook Pro in October, which is obviously too late now.Still, industry sources from supply chains now claim that production has actually started.The one detail none of them are willing to or can give is the launch date which remains outside of our grasp.
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A new leak alleges that Google is collecting millions of health records on Americans under a partnership with Catholic healthcare chain Ascension under an initiative dubbed ‘Project Nightingale.’ The report claims that under this partnership, Google has been getting data on patients that “amounts to a complete health history,” including everything from the patients’ names to their diagnoses and lab results.The claim comes from The Wall Street Journal, which first reported that Google has teamed with Ascension — which has 2,600 healthcare facilities, including hospitals, around the US — to crunch patient data and use it to produce various outcomes ranging from information about what the facility can bill for all the way to notes about needing to enforce narcotics policies and unusual changes in patient care.Project Nightingale is allegedly the name of the Google system that is fed patient data, something said to be happening without those patients’ consent.Information provided to the system reportedly includes things like the medications they’re taking, their list of medical conditions, x-rays and other scans, lab test results, and past hospitalizations.Google’s system reportedly also gets the patient’s name and their list of family members, their allergies and which vaccines they’ve received, plus their address and date of birth.The report claims that 150 or more Google employees have access to “much” of the information that is provided, which is said to amount to ‘tens of millions’ of people.
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Den nya loggan ska tydligare kommunicera att Facebook numera äger en rad olika bolag – däribland Instagram och Whatsapp.”Den här förändringen är ett mycket bättre sätt att kommunicera vår ägarstruktur till de människor och företag som använder våra tjänster för att koppla samman, dela och bygga gemenskap och för att öka deras publik”, skriver Facebook i ett pressmeddelande.I den nya loggan har bokstäverna växt till versaler, som skiftar från blått till grönt till rosa.Tanken är att de olika färgerna ska representera en rad appar och tjänster i deras ägo: Whatsapp, Instagram, Oculus, Workplace, Portal, Facebook, Facebook Messenger och den digitala plånboken Calibra.Loggan för de befintliga apparna ändras inte.Däremot kommer den nya loggan till exempel kunna ses i Instagram-appen.
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Techjätten Apple avsätter 2,5 miljarder dollar, motsvarande 24 miljarder kronor, för olika initiativ ämnade att lösa bostadsbristen i Kalifornien.De stigande bostadspriserna i Silicon Valley-området har gjort att många fått flytta.Den mycket rika tekniksektorn har förvärrat den rådande bostadskrisen i regionen, enligt de flesta bedömare.Enligt officiell statistik från amerikanska myndigheter var drygt 8 000 personer hemlösa i San Francisco under 2019, en ökning med 14 procent på två år.”Vi känner ett djupt ansvar”, säger Apples vd Tim Cook i en intervju med nyhetsbyrån Reuters.Läs mer: Techjättarnas gräddfil delar Dublin: ”Hyrorna har gått uppåt och uppåt”
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Den spanska elcykeln kan bara användas av de som har godkänts av ägaren.Ansiktsigenkänningen använder kameran i Android-pekskärmen – och datorn låser drivlinan för tjuven.En elcykel kan vara hushållets dyraste inköp, så varför inte ge den samma säkerhet som hemmets övriga prylar?Bakom X One står spanska uppstartsföretaget Rayvolt.En dator finns inbyggd i den kolfibertäckta aluminiumramen, och ekipaget har en Android-pekskärm som är större än de skärmar man vanligtvis ser på elcyklar.Det ovanliga är att pekskärmen har en inbyggd kamera och mjukvara för ansiktsigenkänning.
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But Apple’s latest product—the subscription streaming service Apple TV+, which launched today in more than 100 countries—marks a surprising stumble for a company that has been on the cutting edge of innovation for so long.The service costs $5 a month, following a seven-day free trial.But unless you’ve purchased a new Apple product (including iPhones, iPads or Macs) since September, and therefore qualify for a free one-year subscription, Apple TV+ has yet to make a case for why it’s worth your money.Apple TV+ bills itself as “the first all-original video subscription service,” but that’s a major drawback instead of being an advantage.What’s available on Apple TV+ for launch dayAt launch, Apple TV+ includes four series for adults (The Morning Show, See, Dickinson and For All Mankind), a documentary (The Elephant Queen), three kids shows (Helpsters, Ghostwriter and Snoopy in Space) and the return of Oprah’s Book Club.
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University of Birmingham scientists have worked with international students to produce prototype desalination equipment that could help Palestinian farmers avoid water shortages and grow crops efficiently.The equipment is built from off-the-shelf parts and could be deployed easily and relatively cheaply across the Middle East.The prototype system is currently being trialled in the UK and Israel, with field tests soon to begin in Palestine.Groundwater resources around the world are becoming increasingly depleted and salinised, with many aquifers straddling political boundaries.Such resources in the Jordan Valley are shared among Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian residents.The training and research programme has seen students construct desalination prototypes based on a simple but efficient batch-reverse osmosis (RO) technology that recovers up to 80% of the salinized water - making it useable for irrigation purposes.
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But it isn’t something we turn off when we leave the office.Surprise—it’s also there when we go on that 30-minute Instagram binge.Just take a look at some of the hottest PR influencer trips of the summer that have taken over your feed, which are also likely all very white and very blonde.YouTube has been slammed time and time again for its algorithm for promoting and recommending predominantly white influencers, ultimately getting more eyeballs on their content, leading to more engagement and more opportunities to work with brands and make a living.We all tend to follow influencers that look and act like ourselves.But even when we look for new content or influencers to follow, platforms often recommend more white content regardless of what had been previously viewed.
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Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden are sounding off on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg following Zuckerberg's speech on freedom of expression at Georgetown University on Thursday.During the 35-minute address, Zuckerberg described Facebook's approach to protecting free speech on the social media platform, which includes allowing paid political advertisements with misinformation.Biden's campaign accused Zuckerberg of "feigned concern" for free speech and said Facebook is attempting to use the US Constitution as a shield to protect the company's revenue.Warren said Facebook is accepting millions of dollars for ads with misinformation, which could have an impact on the 2020 presidential election.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's comments on freedom of expression and Facebook's approach to protecting free speech have sparked an intense response from two of the front-running Democratic presidential candidates: former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.Speaking to a live audience at Georgetown University on Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended Facebook's role in providing a voice to more than 2 billion people of around the world.
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All those celebrity look-alikes you’ve been seeing on your timeline Thursday come courtesy of the internet’s latest collective obsession: Gradient, a barely week-old photo editing app that went viral after a few choice influences promoted this new feature on Instagram.The whole thing feels like déjà vu of earlier this year when everyone was using FaceApp’s AI tech to morph the age of their selfies.And while, unlike FaceApp, Gradient may not ask you to sign away the rights to your face, it still does some pretty shady shit.Particularly where your bank account’s concerned.One thing Gradient does manage to get right, though, is in exposing Elizabeth Holmes, the disgraced founder of the failed blood-testing company Theranos, for who she really is:I mean, have you ever seen Holmes and Mark Zuckerberg in the same room at the same time?
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The fight against global antibiotic resistance has taken a major step forward with scientists discovering a concept for fabricating nanomeshes as an effective drug delivery system for antibiotics.Health experts are increasingly concerned about the rise in medication resistant bacteria.Flinders University researchers and collaborators in Japan have produced a nanomesh that is capable of delivering drug treatments.In studying the effectiveness of the nanomesh, two antibiotics, Colistin and Vancomycin, were added together with gold nanoparticles to the mesh, before they were tested over a 14 day period by PHD student Melanie Fuller.Flinders Institute for Nanoscience and Technology Associate Professor Ingo Koeper says 20cm by 15cm pieces of mesh were produced which contain fibres 200 nm in diameter.These meshes are produced using a process called electrospinning with parameters being optimised to ensure the mesh material was consistent.
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When I was little, I communicated with my grandparents on the other side of the globe through awkward, truncated phone calls, letters sprinkled with foreign languages, and care packages full of dried mangos and underwear.I can convince my 2-year-old and 4-year-old children to sit in front of an iPad Mini for only a few minutes at a time.My husband and I can talk or eat hands-free, without pointing a phone at someone and trying to keep a squirmy toddler's head in frame.But like a lot of other fantastic, easy-to-use tools, the Portal is made by a massive, and massively influential, company whose values don't always align with my own.There are now four versions of the Portal: An 8-inch mini version for $129, a 10-inch version for $179, the gigant-o 15.6-inch Portal+ for $279, and a Portal TV for $149, which turns your TV into a videophone.I didn’t test the original Portal last year, but in its current incarnation, the people-tracking software is accurate and seamless.
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Annie Leibovitz was skeptical of the Google Pixel 4, but ended up liking it much more than she expected, the legendary photographer said during Tuesday’s Made By Google Event, where the company unveiled the smartphone and other new Google products.Google gave Leibovitz a Pixel phone to capture subjects across the country.Leibovitz said while she’s used to using a camera phone, she wasn’t necessarily used to using it as a professional photographer.One of the most celebrated photographers in the world and known for her portraits of celebrities, Leibovitz typically uses high-end cameras, not smartphones.“I was hesitant at first, but when the Pixel 4 came along, I was kind of impressed about how I relaxed with it and really just enjoyed taking pictures,” she said during an onstage interview during the event.She said that as an experienced photographer, what’s great about the Pixel 4’s camera is that you can carry it in your pocket.
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Google has updated the Google Home Mini, creating a new version that looks identical but has a few new features and a new name: the Nest Mini.It still cost the same $49, though if the past is any indication, you will likely be able to find deals for it quite regularly.The new Nest Mini is a minor update, so existing users really don’t need to upgrade.Google says that it has also improved the machine learning-assisted audio tuning for the smart speaker, but it does do the auto-tuning basic on the room’s feedback like more expensive smart speakers can.The more interesting updates involve the controls for the Nest Mini.They were pulled from the original because they accidentally set the microphones to record.
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It's big, powerful, adept at creative tasks and productivity and one of the most noteworthy devices of 2019 - what else could we be referring to other than Samsung's Note 10.And as much as we loved this phone when it first came out, we were left staring at a range of offers that weren't all that affordable.But thanks to a few new plans from Mobiles.co.uk, that seems to have changed.One offer in particular has really caught our eye, dangling the promise of £43 a month bills and a staggering 90GB of data.Even with the £175 piled on upfront, this blasts the rest of the competition away for the top spot in our Samsung Galaxy Note 10 deals guide.Or for those still considering the monthly price to be too high, Mobiles.co.uk has another offer worth your consideration.
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Earlier this year, CD Projekt Red surprised all of us when it announced that The Witcher 3 was coming to the Switch.The surprise didn’t come from the fact that CD Projekt Red was bringing one of its games over to the portable platform, as plenty of developers and publishers have been doing that.Instead, this was surprising because The Witcher 3 has long been held as one of the more graphically-demanding games of this generation.On PC particularly, The Witcher 3 is known for its superb graphics, so bringing the game to a platform like the Switch – which is underpowered compared to other consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 – was an impressive feat.Obviously, CD Projekt Red had to make some graphics concessions in porting the game, but the company getting it to run on the Switch at all is something worth talking about.The Witcher 3 lands on Switch tomorrow, and with launch day upon us, there are some who might be wondering if CD Projekt Red’s next game, Cyberpunk 2077, will make a surprise appearance on the Switch as well.
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Apple has officially begun testing a feature that allows users to explicitly opt out of sharing audio recordings to improve its Siri voice assistant.The update — available as a beta for iPadOS 13.2, iOS 13.2, Apple tvOS 13.2, WatchOS 6.1, and MacOS 10.15.1 — will also make it easy to delete their Siri and Dictation history, allowing users to erase all the Siri data Apple has on its servers.These new options can be accessed right from the Settings app:Settings > Privacy > Analytics > Improve Siri & DictationSettings > Siri & Search > Siri & Dictation History > Delete Siri & Dictation HistoryIn addition to offering an explicit opt-in, Apple has promised that only employees, and not contractors, will be involved in reviewing the audio clips.
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HOUSTON - (Oct. 7, 2019) - Airborne bacteria may see what looks like a comfy shag carpet on which to settle.Rice University scientists have transformed their laser-induced graphene (LIG) into self-sterilizing filters that grab pathogens out of the air and kill them with small pulses of electricity.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, patients have a 1-in-31 chance of acquiring a potentially antibiotic-resistant infection during hospitalization.The process discovered by Tour's lab in 2014 has led to a range of applications for electronics, triboelectric nanogenerators, electrocatalysis, water filtration and even art.Like all pure graphene, the foam conducts electricity."We need more methods to combat the airborne transfer of not just bacteria but also their downstream products, which can cause severe reactions among patients.
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the Swedish-american astronaut Jessica Meir shopping streets of antwerp to be placed on more space walks in October, said Nasa.One of them will go down in history as the first one, which is carried out by the only women on earth.According to a report recently published schedule, the crew, like the crew of the International space station (ISS) since the end of september and during this month, among other things, to switch off the electricity to the storage on the station's exterior to a more modern lithium-ion batteries.the Port is scheduled to participate in spacewalks on the 16, 21 and 25 October.this is The second of these tasks shall be carried out by my colleague, Christina Koch of the united states, and it is thought to be the world's first helkvinnliga.In the spring, would be: Christina Koch, and Anne McClain hit the road together, but at the last moment and wanted McClain to have a space suit in a smaller size, which is disappointing enough, was not on board.
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‘Tis the season for New York Comic Con to haunt the greatest city in the world!NYCC 2019 has arrived, and the Big Apple is teeming with thousands of cosplayers and fans who have come together to celebrate their fandom and show off some great outfits.Take a look at our video and photo collection, which highlights our favourites from the first few days of New York Comic Con.We’ve got a badass Wolverine, Hercules and his Muses, and a whole bunch of Venom.Give it up for all the amazing cosplayers who braved the rain to provide us with these wonderful cosplays.
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Garmin has launched a new version of its vívofit jr. 2 fitness tracker for kids, one featuring a Star Wars theme.The new product packs a themed band with embedded Star Wars imagery, as well as a companion app that brings experiences inspired by the franchise.Kids will be able to unlock new adventures and get help with Star Wars characters, motivating them to get enough activity during the day.The vívofit jr. 2 is an activity band designed specifically for children.Rather than sporting a smartwatch-like design, the vívofit jr. 2 is primarily just a band with hidden technology; there’s a tiny 0.43in x 0.43in display that shows the time of day and the kid’s name.The device is water-resistant and can run up to one year on a user-replaceable battery, plus it comes with adjustable and stretchy band options.
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Budgettelefonen Iphone SE 2 kan bli verklighet nästa år.Det spår den vanligtvis träffsäkra analytikern Ming-Chi Kuo.Iphone SE lanserades för tre år sedan och blev det billiga alternativet för den som inte gillade trenden med skärmar i XL-format.När Apple den senaste tiden reat ut sina SE-lager har den sålt slut snabbt.Uppenbarligen finns det efterfrågan på en modell med 4-tumsskärm, identifiering med fingeravtryck och port för vanliga hörlurar.Iphone SE 2 – om nu Ming-Chi Kuos analys är något att gå efter – ska utrustas med Apples splitternya A13-processor, arbetsminne på 3 gb och baseras på Iphone 8.
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Last week Lego announced that it was doing a bunch of deals for 'Triple Force Friday', the special Disney-day that sees the release of all the new Star Wars toys in anticipation of Rise of Skywalker.One of the things mentioned was a sale on Star Wars lego, and today just happens to be the day that this sale goes live.So a bunch of sets, some new (ish) and some not so new have had their prices slashed.Unfortunately nothing really new is getting a price cut, and nor is stuff that you'd really like to save some money on.So no UCS Millennium Falcon, no Boost Droid Commander, no Tantive IV, and none of the sets that only just got released today.Then again, if you were hoping to get some of the 20th anniversary sets at a discount, you're in luck:
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All year, I’ve been covering esports startups raising a lot of money, for everything from global teams to data analytics.I checked the pulse of the esports industry’s milestones as I attended the Esports BAR Miami event for the second year in a row.Brand marketers like Joe Barnes, an experiential marketing director at Anheuser Busch, had to embrace esports events anyway even with this partial blindness.The industry continues to work on ways to produce data that mirrors the accurate numbers for TV ratings.In the keynote talk at Esports BAR Miami, MonteCristo, a commentator (known in real life as Christopher Mykles) pointed out numerous examples of brands creating authentic activations in esports.And Barnes at Anheuser Busch pushed ahead with authentic experiential marketing activations, like getting a crowd of 100 people at an Overwatch match to push a payload of beer before they could get access to the suds.
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Avaya has launched OneCloud ReadyNow, a cloud-hosted VoIP platform specifically aimed at enterprises, as the company continues to struggle with debt and a plummeting share price.The service launch appears to be part of an overall attempt to simplify Avaya's business service range, with previous unified communications (UC) and contact center (CC) services now being sold under the new Avaya OneCloud brand.This new brand platform aims to provide very scaleable VoIP and UC solutions for businesses of all sizes using public clouds, leveraging Avaya's expertise and experience in these areas.However, enterprise companies - arguably Avaya's main target customer base - will often be running their own private and hybrid clouds, so Avaya has needed to adapt its OneCloud provision to accommodate this.The result is a service where Avaya can offer to provide a custom installation into an existing cloud using on-premises equipment, or host the service from one of its own datacenters.This way Avaya can continue to deliver on Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) and Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS) to prospective new enterprise clients.
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